Understanding your “disability” (Day 9 of Brianna at OASiS)

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No Hindi? No problem! Pictures bridging language “disability”.

Today I had breakfast with Mrs. Mukerji. Anu has gone to Delhi for a few days but will be back soon.

Shibani and Pradeep were visiting a possible venue for the Museum School’s annual function (all the children have the chance to perform on stage), so I was my own company in the morning. It was just what I needed to launch into writing drafts of each of my tasks.

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Sharing ideas you don’t have time for (Day 8 of Brianna at OASiS)

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Innovation in action: Bags Pradeep folded out of newspaper. They use an ingenious weight bearing strategy.

I had trouble getting to sleep and waking up. I just wasn’t the right kind of tired. I had breakfast, started in on some writing and then started to calculate deadlines for the different “deliverables” of my internship (A guide to OASiS-style thinking, a detailed flow chart for the McMaster Social Innovation Lab and an example problem). I realized there was not a lot of time and I wanted to do so much.

In that moment, I catapulted into another stage of this experience.

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How to quantify impact (Day 7 of Brianna at OASiS)

slums temples green 670A wonderful, layered place, but it is not home

In the morning, I sat outside and watched birds pick impossibly large caterpillars from the trees. Hopping to the ground, they hit them against the pavement to stun them. “Thwack. Thwack,” I could hear from fifteen feet away. India is a wild place. As much as I am settling in and have settled in, every so often I blink and realize that this is not home. It is a wonderful, layered place but it is not home.

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Searching for the one best solution (Day 5 of Brianna at OASiS)

I was awake at 6, but Anu was not feeling well today so we did not go for our walk. I used the time to do some more writing. I had breakfast with her and her mother a few hours later. Mrs. M. had clipped an article from the Delhi News for me – a travel guide to Toronto! It was a bit surreal to be sitting in their living room reading an article about home.

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Wanting to be what you are not (Day 1 of Brianna at OASiS)

brianna smrke - cow - img_1090_670I just walked by a cow eating mangoes from a garbage heap. I’m definitely not in Kansas anymore.

After a night in the swanky but labyrinthal Delhi Airport hotel and a quick but turbulent morning flight, I walked out of the plane, into the rain and onto a bus. We taxied over to the Bhopal airport terminal, where met Pradeep and his wife Shibani for the first time. It was only 22 degrees out. Lovely weather.

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